Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)

Biologist Kevin Flannery on the ‘Cu Na Mara’ boat in Dingle to collect the giant squid. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

A giant squid has been landed by fishermen off the coast of Co Kerry, the second such incident. The discovery prompted a call by Dingle marine biolo(...)

The giant squid in Dingle Oceanworld. A normal-sized squid – about 30 times smaller – has been placed beside its head. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

A giant squid caught off the southwest coast this week is only the sixth documented Irish sighting of the elusive marine creature on record. The squi(...)

The discovery of three dead dolphins in the space of a week on the west Kerry coast has prompted a call for the EU to place observers on large fishing vessels. Photograph: Patrick Lyne

The discovery of three dead dolphins in the space of a week on the west Kerry coast has prompted a retired State fishery inspector to call for the EU (...)

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

There is a vast array of everyday wonders around this island’s 7,800km rim. With the help of a group of coastal cognoscenti, here are 55 alternatives(...)

A seagull at the British Open in Scotland. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

A Kerry-based marine expert has called for “a bit of factual perspective” on the debate over “killer gulls” and has warned that the birds face a real (...)

Dingle marine biologist Kevin Flannery examines the Bearcat fish which resides in the Artic region. Mr Flannery has been awarded with an honorary MSc from UCC for his work on Irish marine life. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

He is more often seen holding some bug-eyed denizen of the deep, but on Thursday Kevin Flannery exchanged the pier-side for academia to accept an hono(...)

Simon Coveney: “If the owners of this vessel are abiding by the rules they should have no issue with observers.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney has sought to assuage concerns about the recent arrival off the west coast of one of the world’s largest (...)